Coastal Adaptation Planning Essentials

Course Description

Coastal communities increasingly realize the need for adaptation planning, but many are unsure where to begin. This interactive course is designed for coastal management practitioners who are just starting to address the challenges resulting from climate change. Participants will learn the foundational concepts of a five-step adaptation-planning process.

The entire course is conducted online. It includes a combination of self-guided learning and interactive, instructor-led sessions with group activities. No experience in adaptation planning is needed.

You will learn how to

  • Organize preliminary steps for planning
  • Consider information sources to better understand local changing conditions
  • Describe aspects of vulnerability and approaches to scoping a vulnerability assessment
  • Identify and select different types of adaptation options
  • Discuss a pathway for taking action

Participant Requirements

As a participant, you will be expected to:

  • Use the following technologies to engage with trainers and fellow participants
    • Headset or speakers and a microphone
    • Adobe Connect and the course website, both furnished by NOAA
  • Complete on-your-own parts of the training
    • Spend up to 60 minutes viewing videos, completing short assignments, and engaging with course participants online prior to the first live session
    • Spend up to 60 minutes after the first live session completing assignments and preparing for the second live session
  • Join live, interactive online training sessions
    • Participate in two 2.5-hour interactive sessions on two separate days

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